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Lewis Headache Center

About Our Program

A headache. It can stop your life in its tracks.

Though migraines are the most commonly known and discussed headaches, head pain can take many different forms and can have many different causes.

At the Lewis Headache Center, our migraine and headache specialists have the tools and knowledge to accurately diagnose migraines and other headaches, as well as the experience and technology to minimize their effects on your daily life.

At the most basic level, pain signals being sent by the nerves in various parts of your head to your brain are the cause of headache symptoms. In some instances, like intracranial hypotension, these signals are your body’s way of letting you know about a problem.

In other cases, the signals are a kind of false alarm. In these cases, you feel just as much pain, but it is the nerves themselves that are having a problem—sensing pain when no pain-causing stimuli are present.

Dr. Knievel and her team of neurologists who specialize in migraines, headaches, and headache disorders are adept at finding relief for headaches regardless of their cause. Her team can tailor a migraine or headache treatment plan for the unique features of your diagnosis.

To request an appointment with the Lewis Headache Center, or for more information, please call (602) 406-6262.

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The Barrow Difference

Our experts in the Lewis Headache Center understand that migraine is not just a headache. In fact, it is considered one of the most disabling diseases in the world. It is also one of the most common. A study measuring the burden of migraine in the United States found that one in four U.S. households includes someone with migraine. 

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Accurate Diagnosis, Life-Changing Treatment

Our team sees a variety of headache disorders in the clinic. Because of Barrow’s high patient volume and complex cases, our experts have gained ample experience in differentiating headache conditions. They are determined to help you identify your headache triggers and prevent headache attacks from occurring. 

Above all, our team strives to improve your quality of life. Many patients of the Lewis Headache Center credit our specialists with giving them their lives back.

Beyond medication, we offer the following therapies for headache disorders:

  • Botox for Chronic Migraine
  • Cefaly Nerivio
  • gammaCore Vagus Nerve Stimulation 
  • Headache Infusion Treatment
  • Medical Massage
  • Occipital Nerve Block
  • Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
  • Trigeminal Nerve Block
  • Yoga For Migraine

Team of Neurological Experts

Our headache specialists are highly experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of migraine and other headache disorders. These specialists include headache neurologists, a headache-certified physician assistant, and a headache fellow. As part of Barrow Neurological Institute, our experts work closely with neurosurgeons and neurologists in other subspecialties to treat complex conditions that cause headache pain.

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Cutting-Edge Headache Research

Additionally, our headache specialists and the Barrow leadership team are working to establish a world-class research center for headache and migraine. This is possible because of our dedicated supporters.

Program Director Kerry Knievel, DO, and her team of headache specialists are performing studies in migraine and CSF leak/intracranial hypotension. They plan to expand the number and scope of clinical studies available to patients over time. They also aim to engage in basic translational research. This could advance our knowledge of the genetic, environmental, and inflammatory triggers that cause migraine and other headaches. As a result, this knowledge could lead to even better headache therapies. 


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Yoga for Migraine

Yoga for Migraine: Full Body Flow

Yoga for Migraine: Full Body Flow

Follow along with our full body flow yoga session for migraine.
Yoga for Migraine: Body Relaxation

Yoga for Migraine: Body Relaxation

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Yoga for Migraine: Meditation

Yoga for Migraine: Meditation

This 7-minute meditation session is tailored for migraine patients.
Yoga for Migraine: Head, Neck, Shoulders, and Self Massage

Yoga for Migraine: Head, Neck, Shoulders, and Self Massage

Watch our guide to head, neck, shoulders and self massage to help…

Procedure Guides

At Home SPG Block for Migraine and Facial Pain Treatment

At Home SPG Block for Migraine and Facial Pain Treatment

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Professional Education

Headache 101

Headache 101

Headache 101 is a webinar designed to give primary care providers the…

Minding What Matters Most

Minding What Matters Most

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